Swansea Grand Theatre
Just 10 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th November
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
Joe Is Joseph! Starring X-Factor winner Joe McElderry.
By Arrangement With The Really Useful Group Presents
Lyrics by TIM RICE
Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Bill Kenwright's 'Amazing', 'Superb', 'Wonderful' and 'Brilliant' production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's sparkling family musical continues on its record breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets.
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph (Joe McElderry), his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.
Joe McElderry was just 18 when he won the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009 and immediately went straight to number one in the UK Singles Charts with his debut single The Climb. He has since gone on to have three top ten albums, as well as notching up two more reality TV show victories, winning ITV's Popstar to Operastar and Channel 4's The Jump.
'Utterly Irresistible, Go, Go, Go, Jo' - Mail On Sunday
'A Technicolor Triumph' - The Independent
'The Best Of Tim Rice And Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musicals' - The Evening News
7.30pm. Wed & Thurs Mats 2.30pm, Fri 5.00pm & 8.00pm, Sat 2.00pm, 5.00pm & 8.00pm
Wednesday to Saturday, 22nd - 25th November
Abbey Players present A Christmas Carol
After the success of Oliver last year, Abbey Players present another Dickens classic. This is the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge who, on Christmas Eve, is visited by three ghosts who show him his past, present and future. But is it too late for him to change his miserly ways? Don't miss this festive family treat.
Music by Alan Menken. (Sister Act, Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin). Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens.
This is an amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinburger Ltd.
Each evening - 7.30pm.
Sat: 11.30am, 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Grand Theatre Arts Wings (10mins walk from our B&B)
Saturday 18th November
Cheeke Monkeys Christmas fayre
Find unusual presents for family and friends. To keep the children entertained, there`ll be face painting, activities and a chance to meet santa.
10am - 4pm
Thursday 23rd November
An Audience With Kev Johns MBE
An evening spectacular of Entertainment
Join local legend Kev Johns MBE and special guests for an evening of spectacular entertainment. Glass of fizz and canapes included in the price.
Friday 24th November
Suspended In This Space plus new material
After a successful show last year Michael Roberts returns to Swansea Grand Theatre, fresh from his three recent performances in The Cavern Club. Michael will play some of his songs from his album "Suspended In This Space" plus new material.
Elsewhere in Swansea
Sunday 19th november
Opera Classics: WNO Orchestra
Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus - 10mins drive from our guesthouse
Judith Howarth Soprano Paul Charles Clarke Tenor Timothy Burke Conductor
Welsh National Opera present an evening of operatic highlights with music by Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Lehar, including excerpts from Tosca, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and The Merry Widow. The performance also features sparkling overtures from Verdi’s La forza del destino, Rossini’s William Tell and other well-loved classics.
Sunday 19th November
An Audience with Ceri Dupree
Hyst, 128 High Street - 25mins walk from our bed and breakfast
Join Ceri for and evening of music, anecdotes and stories.
Get to know the man behind the "woman"
Just Ceri in a suit accompanied by a pianist
Sunday 19th november
Their Light Still Shines
National Botanic gardens, carmarthenshire - 30mins drive from our bed and breakfast
On Sunday, November 19, there will be a special service in the Great Glasshouse, which will be a time to reflect and remember those we have lost – with the ‘Their Light Still Shines’ event.
This will give an opportunity to remember those we have lost, to thank together and to heal the hurt.
There’s a free bus service to the Garden from Carmarthen – to arrange, contact Euryl Howells by Thursday November 16th on 01267 227563. (This service is sponsored by a private donation). There will be free entry to the Garden to anyone taking part in this service, through the main entrance.
There will be specially selected readings, musical interludes from local artistes, as well as singing a few well-loved songs/carols. There’ll also be an opportunity to reflect and to light a personal candle and to commend the name of your loved one.
As well as celebrating the lives of loved ones at rest, you are invited to offer further support to the T Cymorth Hospice Appeal. The Patron of T Cymorth is Wynne Evans, the tenor from Carmarthen and host of BBC Radio Wales. As you remember your loved one you will also make every day ‘special’ for other patients and families.
For further information please contact T Cymorth Secretary, Emlyn Schiavone, on 07779 420626 or Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain, Hywel Dda University Health Board on 01267 227563 or email@example.com
2.30 - 4.30
Monday 20th November
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
Dir: Simon Curtis
UK 2017 1hr 47mins
Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Macdonald
A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?
Two screenings - 4.30 & 7.30pm
Tuesday 21st November
Lunchtime Organ Music with Glenn Crooks
Brangwyn Hall - 2mins walk just behind our hotel
Transcriptions for organ of light music
Don’t forget to pop into Frank’s Bar at the Brangwyn for lunch or coffee before or after the concert.
Tuesday 21st November
Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea University - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
Dir: Darren Aronofsky
USA 2017 2hrs 1min
Jennifer Lawrence, Xavier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.
Wednesday 22nd November
Hyst, 128 High Street - 25mins walk from our guesthouse
Red rum Records ltd presents -
Ffi - The Never Tour
Wednesday 22nd November
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea university - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
Dir: Joel Coen
USA 1984 1hr 39mins
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh
Visser is an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty to murder Marty’s faithless wife Abby and her lover. But Visser makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events.
‘a dazzling comedie noire, a dynamic, virtuoso display by a couple of talented fledgling filmmakers who give the conventions of the genre such a thorough workout that the result is a movie that’s fresh and exhilarating.’ LOS ANGELES TIMES
Thursday 23rd November
An evening of poetry with Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra
Great hall Swansea University bay campus - 10mins drive from our bed and breakfast
Join us for this rare dynamic double-bill of two award-winning poets writing at the height of their powers. As well as being two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK today Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, and Daljit Nagra, Poet in Residence for Radio 4, are also experienced broadcasters whose work is widely studied in schools. Daljit Nagra will read from his new collection British Museum - a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity. Simon Armitage will read from his latest collection The Unaccompanied, which documents a world on the brink.
A discussion and Q&A will follow the reading after which both poets will sign copies of their books.
This event is part of the Swansea University’s Centenary Lecture Series curated and chaired by Owen Sheers, the University’s professor in creativity.
FREE EVENT in association with Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities - booking required.
The festival, now in its fourth year, is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.
Thursday 23rd November
OPRA Cymru: Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd
Taliesin Arts centre, Swansea university - 25mins walk or a short drive from our B&B
Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd
Opera by Gareth Glyn and Mererid Hopwood
Based on the novel by Islwyn Ffowc Elis
Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ vision of the future of his homeland – part utopian, part dystopian - is now realized on the operatic stage in a thrilling version by Wales’ foremost creative artists, composer Gareth Glyn and poet Mererid Hopwood.
On the 60th anniversary of the novel’s publication, the world’s only Welsh-language opera company brings together a stellar cast of native singers to breathe musical life into this famous cautionary tale of love, loss, community and belonging.
The opera is written in Welsh, but thanks to the Sibrwd mobile phone app., performances will be wholly accessible for non-Welsh speakers.
The opera is presented with the kind permission of the Islwyn Ffowc Elis Estate and Gwasg Gomer.
Thursday 23rd November
Get it Loud
National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel
Join us as we bring the Museum to life after dark with a live music gig from Betsy.
Tickets £8 from http://getitloudinlibraries.com/bookings/
Friday 24th november
Hyst 128 High Street - 25mins walk from our bed and breakfast
An evening of beautiful acoustic music and great songwriting with -
Karl morgan - is a singer songwriter from Swansea who fronts Welsh band ‘Who’s Molly?’
Having opened for Jack Savoretti, The Manic Street Preachers and Tom Odell in 2017, you may have also heard their songs on Sky Sports, The Rio Olympic Games, UFC or the new Tom Cruise Movie ‘American Made’.
In 2018 they have signed up to play the mainstage at BBC Radio 2’s Carfest North and South as well as the Isle of White Festival.
Peter riley - A Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Liverpool, England. Pete Riley has been playing music ever since he can remember,
Pete signed to Atlantic Records resulting in a 2 year tour of the USA with his band Treehouse who went on to release their debut album "Nobody's Monkey" to critical acclaim.
After returning to the U.K. Pete then embarked on a solo career touring solo acoustic in the UK and Ireland. On release of his first solo album "After The Parade" Pete was invited back over to the USA to work with American, multi -platinum selling artist Edwin McCain whom he had struck up a solid friendship with during his previous stints in America. It wasn't long before Pete was asked by Edwin to join his band as a permanent member.
Pete relocated to the USA for a decade and went on to forge a solid writing partnership with Edwin McCain and co-wrote three successful albums as well as co-writing the USA radio hit single's "Shooting Stars" and “Say Anything” the first of which appeared in a Warner Bros T.V. drama about a young Jack and Bobby Kennedy
Since then Pete has been writing/recording and producing with many different artistes worldwide. These include Edwin McCain, Narada Michael Walden, Henry Priestman (The Christians) Maia Sharp, Angie Aparo, Kevin Kinney, and most recently Amy Wadge. Throughout the last few years there has also been numerous TV appearances in the USA (VH1, CBS Good Morning America) and more recently on BBC1 in the UK (The Politics Show) Pete's songs have also featured in the Warner Bros TV drama "Jack and Bobby" and the internationally released Miley Cyrus Disney Movie "The Last Song". and more recently in Ruth Jones Sky One Hit TV Show Stella,
Pete's most recent project has been a 3 album collaboration with singer/songwriter Amy Wadge, resulting in a 6 year touring stint promoting albums Rivers Apart, Afterglow and Bygones.
Andy Collins - is a singer, songwriter, bass player, producer and educator from Swansea, South Wales, UK.
Having honed his chops in the pubs and clubs of South Wales, most notably with local heroes, The Karrots, in 2003 Andy formed The Storys with Rob Thompson, Dai Smith and Steve Balsamo.
Their harmony laden, West-Coast influenced and self produced debut album quickly garnered them friends and fans far and wide.
Elton John, having fallen in love with it, publicly declared the album 'fantastic' and personally invited the band on tour, opening up for him in stadia around Europe - for three summers!
Tours with Joe Cocker, Katie Melua, Runrig and an invite to a special memorial concert for Jim Capaldi followed, and shows with Santana and Celine Dion to over 60,000 people in Amsterdam saw the band get radio play both in the UK and Europe.
The Storys recorded three albums, signing with Warner Bros for the second album, Town Beyond The Trees. Made with erstwhile Paul McCartney and Kate Bush producer Jon Kelly at Real World Studios, the band got major radio support in the UK, and many sessions followed. The band were even invited to play the BBC's legendary DJ Bob Harris' 60th birthday party, where they were joined on stage by Robert Plant and Bernie Marsden for a little midnight jam.
The Storys won a songwriting award for Town beyond the Trees, and several songs were used in TV shows and films. Most notably the US teen drama One Tree Hill, and the Jason Statham heist movie, The Bank Job in which Andy and the boys made a cameo appearance as the wedding band!
When The Storys called it a day, in 2012 Andy released his debut album, Closure, to some great reviews.
His second album, Right Here, Right Now will be released on the 6th of October 2017.
When not making his own music, Andy loves writing with, producing and nurturing the abundance of up and coming talent in South Wales.
Steve Balsamo - is a singer-songwriter from Swansea.
After years of learning the ropes in local rock bands, he shot to prominence in 1997 after playing Jesus to great critical acclaim in the West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. After winning a Variety Club Award for the role, Steve decided to return to his first love, writing and performing his own music, and signed to Columbia Records soon after. In 2002 Steve released his debut album, "All I Am" which reached the top 40 in the UK and went on to win Best Male Solo Artist at The Welsh Music Awards the same year.
Gentle 'persuasion' by the head of the label saw Steve return to the stage in the French phenomena Notre Dame De Paris, which was followed by Poe – More Tales Of Mystery and Imagination, a new musical by Alan Parsons Project writer Eric Woolfson. Based on the life and work of Edgar Alan Poe, the show had it's world premiere at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 2003.
In 2004, Steve formed The Storys, a West Coast influenced harmony country-rock band. The band's highly acclaimed debut album came to the attention of Elton John who, after publicly declaring it "Fantastic!", personally called Steve at home and invited the band to tour Europe with him – twice! The Storys also toured with Joe Cocker, Katie Melua, Celine Dion, Santana, Van Morrison and Tom Jones to name-drop but a few.
The Storys' songs have been featured in the US teen drama One Tree Hill and hit Brit-flick The Bank Job , in which the band also made a cameo appearance playing two of their own songs. They released their second album, "Town Beyond The Trees" in the UK in 2008, again to great reviews. Although calling time on The Storys, the band released a third and final album called "Luck" in the summer of 2010.
After meeting Jon Lord, founder, writer and ex-keyboard player with Deep Purple at The Sunflower Jam in 2007, Steve was asked if he would like to tour the world with him as part of his Concerto For Group And Orchestra band. Steve features on the new studio recording of the Concerto alongside Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden and guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
A huge fan of Jon, his solo work and Purple, Steve feels very privileged to have worked with such a legend and genuinely nice man. Until Jon's recent death, he and Steve were writing and recording for a classical meets rock project. One of the songs, "All Those Years Ago" was used for the title of a book on Jon's life.
Aside from this, Steve is a prolific songwriter, having scored hits around the world with artists as diverse as Meat Loaf, 'Pop Idols' Anthony Callea and Jonatan Cerrada, and Slash of Guns n' Roses fame.
Recently he has released an album called 'Unfolding' with ethereal-voiced folk singer Rosalie Deighton, for a country influenced duet project, Balsamo Deighton. After some great reviews and sold out shows, the duo are currently writing for their second album which they are planning to record in Nashville.
Steve feels blessed to have had many adventures in music which have allowed him to sing on stage with the likes of Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward, Lara Fabian, Madeleine Peyroux, Glenn Hughes, Steve Harley, Sam Brown, Lulu, a couple of Stones, a couple of Eagles, some Deep Purples, a couple of Pink Floyds an array of the best players on the planet!
When he's not making music, Steve tries to be a good dad, paints, swims, reads about the paranormal and magick, listens to Radio 4 and thinks too much...
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